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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Xten in the Wiki Wiki Wiki room

September 22, 2004

Yapper VoIP device

September 21, 2004

Came across this new VoIP company in the VoIP Forums called Yapper. Reminds me of the Clapper. Clap on, clap off, the clapper!

Anyway, the thread claims "from what I understand www.yapinternational.com has an absolutley incredible new dial up voip solution...I ve been told it works great....and you dont even need a computer or broadband connection".

Nortel powers San Francisco Giants WiFi Stadium

September 21, 2004

Whoah, now this is cool! WiFi in the ballpark! Why is it that Silicon Valley has to be on the West Coast and they get all the cool stuff, including beta trials, WiFi deployments, etc.? Years ago, Rich Tehrani and myself discussed how one day sports arenas would have highspeed wireless access allowing you to surf the web, check other scores, or even watch streaming video of a replay of the play you just saw live!

Packet8 VoIP Prepaid Calling

September 21, 2004

Lingo Sets New Price Benchmark

September 21, 2004

Greg Galitzine brought to my attention some interesting news from Lingo. Apparently, Lingo is offering unlimited worldwide calling for an amazingly low price of $7.95/Month. This sets a new benchmark for Vonage, Packet8, Broadvoice, etc. to follow.

3Com builds Linux VoIP switch

September 20, 2004

Amway of VoIP

September 20, 2004

Another Disruptive VoIP product from VoIPUser

September 20, 2004

Came across this interesting VoIP-related blog entry:Tjardick's Weblog

He mentions VoIPUser which is offering FREE calling to not only SIP uers, not only IAX users, but also PSTN numbers in most countries. He says this is "disruptive". That's an understatement! Free phone calling simply by signing up with their service???

Dingotel New VoIP Player?

September 17, 2004

Came across this new VoIP company while lurking in TMC's VoIP Forums
(i.e. this thread titled wireless voip communication

I've never heard of them but they make some "mighty" claims against other leading VoIP software, including Skype.

Post some comments if you have heard about them or used their products.

Here are some of Dingotel's features from their website:

  • DingoTelâ„¢ frees you from the proximity of your computer.

     

  • Travel miles from your computer and talk worldwide and nationwide using 2way radios from Motorola.

Should Apple Acquire Skype article

September 17, 2004

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